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Jul 27

Music Notes: Tune in to these musical biographies

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Book cover for George Harrison Behind the Locked DoorThe Notes from the Music Staff column endeavors to share some interesting facts about music while highlighting some of our music collection. But we aren’t just fans of our musical offerings. We also love to read books about music, especially biographies of some of the fascinating musicians whose music we carry. This month, tune in to these recent and new biographies of your favorite musicians.

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Jul 27

Review: The Little Book of Hygge

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 12:03 PM by Elizabeth Land

Book cover for The Little Book of HyggeThere has always been interest in increasing happiness in the world. Heck, there has even been a research institute dedicated to figuring out which countries are happiest and why. So it's no surprise that among the books published on the topic is The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. Written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, this small, easy-to-read tome endeavors to share the magic of a simple word — hygge.

Pronounced "hoo-ga," this little word is believed to be the reason that year after year, the people of Denmark are found to be the happiest people in the world. And with this book, Wiking promises to give you the keys to bringing a little of that happiness — a dash of hygge — into your own life.

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Jul 27

Music Notes: Appreciating Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 11:42 AM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. While there are a number of amazing jazz musicians to honor during this month, it seems fitting this year to celebrate Newport New native and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. This year would have been her 100th birthday.

The image shows an historic marker in Newport News honors native and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald.


"I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand." — Ella Fitzgerald

Born in Newport News on April 25, 1917, Ella soon migrated to Yonkers, New York, with her mother Tempie. They later moved in with Tempie’s then-boyfriend, Joe, and a baby, Frances, was born.

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